The YogaKids Executive Team
Don Wenig, President and Co-Founder
Don Wenig is co-founder of YogaKids International, Dancing Feet Yoga Center, and the GoGiveYoga Foundation. His private healing practice is balanced with overseeing the YogaKids creative team, being an active Go Give Yoga board member, and working as the lead E-500 RYT instructor of the Dancing Feet Yoga teacher training program.
Don’s passion for energy work began in 1973 while studying reflexology. This eventually led to formal training in Shiatsu with Master Kaneko at the Shiatsu Massage School of California. Introduced to yoga in 1978, his primary studies were with Anna Forrest, Ganga White, Tracy Rich, Manuso Manos and Angela Farmer. He received teacher certification from White Lotus Yoga in 1981 and taught classes at The Center for Yoga until 1989. At that time, he moved back to his home state of Indiana where he helped found YogaKids with his wife and partner, Marsha.
His in-depth study of Ayurveda, Tantra, Reiki, Reflexology, Rebirthing, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Bodytalk™, Shiatsu, NLP, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy™ and Access Consciousness™ lends a broad perspective to his intuitive style of healing work, as well as his contributions to YogaKids. Don volunteers with several local organizations, bringing yoga to children of all ages. He is also a devoted husband, father, drummer, artist and living foods enthusiast.
Marsha Wenig, Co-Founder
Marsha Wenig is the founder of YogaKids International, Inc., the original and leading provider of yoga for children. She has spent most of the past two decades studying, teaching and working with children in yoga: refining and expanding her proprietary methods of yoga education for children. Her unique approach combines yoga, play and warmth in ways that delight children of all ages.
She started the business in her family’s recreation room in La Porte, Indiana in 1998 and expanded to the local Montessori school. Today, YogaKids is known around the world and is available in 23 countries and the U.S. Marsha has delighted millions of children with yoga, as their bodies grow stronger, their joy soars and their confidence is engaged.
Marsha has developed the most robust and in-depth training program on yoga education for children in the world. Her proteges, schooled in the YogaKids methods, teach in all over the world.
In addition to writing articles on the subject of yoga for children, Marsha is also the author of Yogakids: Educating the Whole Child through Yoga, the book upon which the YogaKids program is based. The Washington Post has called her a “yoga luminary” and she is lovingly known among her trainers, students and devotees as “Mrs. Yoga.” Her products, including her well known DVD series, have received multiple awards and accolades including three Parents’ Choice Awards.
Jan Skierkowski, Operations Director
Jan serves as YogaKids Operations Director. She oversees the YogaKids Store as well as our store on Amazon.com. She has been employed with YogaKids International since 2009, and loves working and communicating with our customers, community and team. She resides in Lafayette, Indiana and is also a retired Jazzercise Franchisee and former fitness center owner.
Julie Pate, Sales and Event Planning
Julie Pate fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago. She is a YogaKids Trainer. She holds a degrees in Physical Education and is Certified in adult yoga, YogaKids, Pilates and personal training. Julie has been teaching fitness, yoga and Pilates for over 25 years. She is an ERYT 500, with over 1000 hours of study in many styles of yoga. When not teaching yoga, Pilates or fitness classes, Julie also loves to write about her passions, and is a regular contributor to the YogaKids blog and webinars. YogaKids creator Marsha Wenig inspired Julie to teach yoga to children in 2006. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two young sons.